Queen Anne Cottage (You’ll know it when you see it)

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When I was but a boy, I wanted to be a history teacher. Then I learned how to spell anesthesiologist and wanted to be an anesthesiologist. Then I found out that becoming an anesthesiologist would require college, medical school, and an internship. By the time I was 30, I might be an anesthesiologist. For a boy of 11, 30 was way too old. I was back to wanting to be a history teacher. Never made it, but I still love history.

So when I went to the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, I fell in love with the Queen Anne Cottage. Many people will know it when they see it because of its use in many television shows and the movies.

Queen Anne Cottage

Queen Anne Cottage

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Queen Anne Cottage

Queen Anne Cottage

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn is a California Historical Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as an example of Queen Anne Style architecture.

It was built in 1885-1886 for Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin and his fourth wife, Lillie Bennett, daughter of Albert Bennett, the Cottage’s architect. When Baldwin died in 1909, his daughter Anita closed the Cottage and disposed of its furnishings. Many architectural elements, such as stained glass windows, black walnut doors, and marble fireplace mantels were stored in the coach barn.

Coach Barn at Queen Anne Cottage at the Los Angeles County Arboretum

Coach Barn

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The cottage and coach barn were restored from 1951 to 1953. Isn’t that a beautiful barn?

The Cottage has been used for many television shows and films. Arguably the most famous use was for the opening of “Fantasy Island” where Tattoo can be seen ringing the bell in the cottage’s tower and Mr. Roarke is seen exiting from the cottage. The cottage is also prominent in “Murder, She Wrote” and “Roots: The Next Generation.”

Outside of the Queen Anne Cottage, the Arboretum has played host to several “Tarzan” movies, two “Jurassic Park” movies, “Objective, Burma!”, and “The New Original Wonder Woman, ” and I’m only listing the movies I know!

Music videos have also been filmed here, including Katy Perry’s music video for “Roar.”

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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The arboretum is reported to be haunted, particularly the Queen Anne Cottage. Sightings have been reported of Lucky Baldwin’s ghost, one of his wives’ ghost,  and strange anomalies walking the gardens at night.

Following is a selection of pictures from the Arboretum & Botanical Garden. For more pictures, see my previous posts:

Gone to the birds
Friday Flower Fiesta (6-14-12)
They’re everywhere!
I’m an abject failure
Friday Flower Fiesta (6-28-12)

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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The Queen Anne Cottage dog houseLos Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Location of Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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12 thoughts on “Queen Anne Cottage (You’ll know it when you see it)

  1. appletonavenue

    I love going to the Arboretum. I was there this spring twice. Never knew about the hauntings, but then I’ve never been there at night. That’s cool to know and fun to tell the next time we take visitors there.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      When your son gets here, he needs to visit the Hotel del Coronado. It’s been haunted since it was built in the 1880s. A few years ago one of the TV channels did a story on Haunted America and the Hotel del Coronado was right there vying for #1 honors.

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